Seventh Avenue’s Fashion Walk of Fame will have some new names added in 2008, after a break of five years. According to WWD, 114 industry leaders have been sent paper ballots to return with their vote for two fashion designers each, one living and one deceased. After the tallies, eight designers will be commemorated along with the likes of Claire McCardell, Donna Karan, Halston, and Marc Jacobs. The requirements: each nominee must be an American designer with a showroom in New York, and a business history of at least ten years. We think it would be a shame for Gilbert Adrian not to make it – the man who turned Greta Garbo into a fashion icon deserves the recognition, even if he was technically a “costume” designer (see his handiwork at left). As for living, our vote goes to Diane von Furstenberg. If a designer is clever enough to build a decades-long empire on a versatile dress, she at least deserves the plaque for it. And as for her having been born in Belgium, we think they’d make an exception – plus, not everyone on the list is American-born (continuing reading to see who’s already made it to the Fashion Walk of Fame.) Who would you add to your ballot?
Geoffrey Beene, James Galanos, Donna Karan, Bill Blass, Pauline Trigere, Bonnie Cushin, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Di Dant' Angelo, Charles James, Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Halston, Marc Jacobs. Betsey Johnson, Rudi Gernreich, Norma Kamali, Lilly Dache, Claire McCardell, Perry Ellis, Mainbocher, Norman Norell, Willi Smith, Oscar de la Renta